The Curriculum

The Curriculum

The Gao Style Bagua Zhang System is comprised of zhan zhaung, circle walking, linear palms, partner drills with applications, linking forms and more. All of these components are categorized into 108 Tien Gan or heavenly stems. The complete 108 tian gan contains a lifetime of study. Mastering all of the branches is not feasible for most people, nor is it necessary for developing martial skill and improving health. The important thing is to train in the roots of the system.

The goal of the below curriculum is the development of peng jin. Peng Jin is a type of internal strength that generates a lot of outward direction force using correct posture alignment, skeletal structure and tendon strength. The 3 external harmonies (wan san he) train the student to move in this way, the forms train him to direct force in different directions. Peng jin can be used to uproot and control a push hands opponent. It should always be present during forms training. In Shifu Victor’s classes correct structure and power take precedence over the forms. Once the student begins to develop peng jin he can explore any branches of the system that suit their personal interests and abilities.


Fundamental Conditioning Exercises

Working the basics.

  1. Lift leg  – kua stretches.
  2. Selected exercises from the first 10 of the Tian Gan.
    1. Golden Chicken
    2. Ban
  3. Lower stances and open postures for conditioning  – holding down the tiger etc.

Zhan Zhaung

Standing practice integrates the joints, tendons and skeletal system so that when one part moves all parts move in alignment.

  1. Beginner Zhan Zhaung
  2. Open & closed standing postures
  3. Pre heaven stance – Bagua
  4. Post heaven stance – Bagua
  5. San Ti Shi – Xing Yi – Large and small frames


Si Li & Moving Posts

After the body starts to link a bit:

  1. Stationary(legs) moving posts – Xing Yi and Bagua
  2. Stationary Wu Xing Quan fundamentals – Xing Yi
  3. Circle walking while holding a posture

Footwork & Stepping Methods

Xing Yi Chuan and Bagua Zhuang stepping methods allow you to move while keeping your root. They also protect the groin and knees from attack.

  1. Chicken stepping
  2. Ban Bu –  half-step
  3. “Geisha” step – Preparation for mud walking
  4. Mud Walking
  5. Walking through the flowers – Freestyle Stepping
  6. Cu Bu


Apart from the Pre Heaven Bagua set all forms taught at our school are roads or linear drills. Eventually different techniques can be combined into freestyle movement.

Gao Style Bagua Zhang Training

  1. Single Palm Change
  2. Xian Tien or Pre Heaven palms – health focus
  3. The first 8 or so of the Hou Tien or post heaven palms which focus on fighting skills
    1. Kai – Opening Palm
    2. Beng
    3. etc.

Hebei Style Xing Yi Quan

The below forms are taught to a high standard.

  1. San Ti Shi
  2. Centerline awareness theory
  3. Wu Xing Quan – Five Element Fist
    1. Pi Quan
    2. Zuan Quan
    3. Beng Quan – Half Step Crashing Fist
    4. Pao Quan
    5. Heng Quan
    6. Xing Yi plucking technique
    7. Striking techniques
  4.  Characteristics from the 12 animals forms
    1. Tiger
    2. Dragon
    3. Monkey